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deficit for a second straight month in december, that is the first time since 1985 that the current account balance turned to the red for two consecutive months. finance ministry officials say the current account deficit for december about $2.8 billion. the trade balance registered a deficit of about $6 billion. exports fell 6.9% while imports were up about 0.8% from the previous year in yen terms. as a result, the current account surplus for the entire year of 2012 turned out to be the smallest based on comparable data available since 1985 the surplus fell 50.8% from the previous year to $50.2 billion. >>> and across oceans the president of the european central bank expects the region's weakness to prevail for sometime. policymakers at the bank decided to keep the key interest rate unchanged. it's at record low level to support europe's ailing economy. the members of the central bank decided the rate should be maintained at 0.75% for a seventh month in a row. european central bank president draghi said the decision is essential to support the region's economic activity which remain
capal managent. >> tom: president obama is once again pushing for a big deal to reduce the deficit. in a preview of the themes he'll lay out in next week's state of the union address, the president told house democrats today he'd press for a big agenda covering everything from fairness, and jobs to deficits and debt. darren gersh has more. >> reporter: with just a few weeks to go before automatic across the board spending cuts kick in, the president told fellow democrats his state of the union address next week will call for a change in course. >> i am prepared, eager and anxious to do a big deal, a big package, that ends this governance by crisis where every two weeks, or every two months, or every six months, we are threatening this hard-won recovery. >> reporter: republicans may not applaud during that part of the speech. they've blasted the president for offering symbolic solutions like a tax on corporate airplanes that would raise enough money to cover one month week of the automatic spending cuts know collectively as the sequester. given the stand off, analysts now predict th
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